195% ROI with Windows Server 2012: Forrester Report

by Shijaz Abdulla on 25.02.2013 at 14:16

Forrester has released a report on Windows Server 2012: The first of many reports to come on Windows Server 2012 and specifically on its economic impact showing an ROI of 195% in a period of 6 months.

Windows Server 2012 brings you cutting-edge virtualization capabilities – if you do not already have Hyper-V now is a good time to consider moving some of your workloads to Hyper-V to take advantage of significant cost savings and improvements. Together with System Center, you have all that you need to build your own private cloud.

Know more:

  • IT Decision makers: Attend the Celebrate Windows event, March 4 at the St. Regis Hotel in Doha
  • IT Pros – Attend our boot camp on Windows Server 2012, Feb 27-28 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Doha
  • Please reach out to me our your Microsoft account manager anytime.

Forrester names Windows Azure SQL Database an Enterprise Cloud Database Leader

by Shijaz Abdulla on 16.11.2012 at 22:45

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Forrester Research, Inc. has positioned Microsoft as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Cloud Databases, Q4 2012. Microsoft received the highest scores of any vendor in Current Offering and Market Presence. Forrester describes its rigorous and lengthy Wave process: “To evaluate the vendors and their products against our set of criteria, we gather details of product qualifications through a combination of lab evaluations, questionnaires, demos, and/or discussions with client references.” You can read the full report for free here: http://www.forrester.com/pimages/rws/reprints/document/70541/oid/1-LLP641.

Forrester notes that “cloud database offerings represent a new space within the broader data management platform market, providing enterprises with an abstracted option to support agile development and new social, mobile, cloud, and eCommerce applications as well as lower IT costs.”

Within this context, Forrester identified the benefits of Windows Azure SQL Database as follows: “With this service, you can provision a [SQL Database instance] easily, with simplified administration, high availability, scalability, and its familiar development model,” and “although there is a 150 GB limit on the individual database size with SQL Database, customers are supporting multiple terabytes by using each database as a shard and integrating it through the application.”

If you’d like to read a few examples of customers taking advantage of these features, I’d suggest the following from the Microsoft case study site:

  • Fujitsu System Solutions: “Developers at Fsol can also rapidly provision new databases on SQL Database, helping the company to quickly scale up or scale down its databases, just as it can for its compute needs with Windows Azure.”
  • Connect2Field: “With SQL Database, the replication of data happens automatically…. For an individual company to run its own data replication is really complicated.… If we were to lose any one of our customer’s data, we would lose so much credibility that we wouldn’t be able to get any more customers. Data loss would destroy our customers’ businesses too.”
  • Flavorus: “By using sharding with SQL Database, we can have tons of customers on the site at once trying to buy tickets.”

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